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Limited openings remain for conference focused in fruit, vegetables


A one day conference for growers who are already participating in the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry plasticulture program or who are interested in participating will be held in Oklahoma City Feb. 7 at the Bricktown Hotel and Convention Center.

Chris Kirby, ODAFF Farm to School coordinator, said conference registration is limited to 150 registrants wanting to attend and will be accepted on a first come, first served basis.

"We can only provide materials and lunch for a relatively small number of people at this conference so I advise those interested to contact us immediately," she said. "Information on every aspect from production to marketing, to growing with plasticulture and even food safety is going to be offered.

"Resource people from agriculture agencies, universities, foundations and extension offices will be on hand for growers to meet & learn about the excellent services they provide," Kirby said.

The conference specifically targets limited resource farmers growing produce for the state farmer's markets or for the Farm to School program with many using plasticulture technology. She said increased demand for local foods have also increased opportunities for small producers.

Registration is $15 per person or $25 per couple by Jan. 30. After that registration is $25 per person or $45 per couple. For registration call 405-522-4330.

Those needing to stay overnight can call the Bricktown Hotel and Convention Center at 405-235-1647 for reservations. A special rate is available for participants in the conference.

For more on the conference and the full agenda, go to www.agblog.ok.gov for more information.

Date: 1/29/09

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